14 days in New Zealand Itinerary

14 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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14 days in New Zealand Itinerary

Start: Auckland
1
Auckland
— 2 nights
2
Hamilton
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Waitomo Caves
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
4
Tongariro National Park
— 1 day
Drive:  2​h 30​min
5
Taupo
— 2 nights
bus:  1​h
6
Rotorua
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h
7
Tauranga
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
End: Auckland

2
nights
Auckland

Auckland ©
The largest and most populous city in New Zealand, Auckland combines a rich history and thriving contemporary culture in an abundance of museums, art galleries, and performance venues.
On the 25th (Sat), head off the coast to Tiritiri Matangi Island and then meet the residents at SEA LIFE Kelly Tarlton's. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get engrossed in the history at Auckland Museum, get to know the resident critters at Auckland Zoo, and then enjoy breathtaking views from Sky Tower.

To see reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Auckland trip planner.

If you are flying in from Malaysia, the closest major airports are Auckland International Airport and Hamilton International Airport. In May, daily temperatures in Auckland can reach 18°C, while at night they dip to 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) so you can drive to Hamilton.

Things to do in Auckland

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Nature
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Auckland Museum ©
Auckland Museum
Tiritiri Matangi Island ©
Tiritiri Matangi Island
Sky Tower ©
Sky Tower

2
nights
Hamilton

Hamilton ©
On the banks of the Waikato River lies Hamilton, a pretty, active city on North Island.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Mon): see the interesting displays at Classics Museum, get to know the resident critters at Hamilton Zoo, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Hamilton New Zealand Temple, then examine the collection at Waikato Museum, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedral of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 28th (Tue): enjoy the sand and surf at Ngarunui Beach, then get interesting insight from Tours, then admire the sheer force of Bridal Veil Falls, and finally steep yourself in history at Sapper Horace Moore-Jones commemorative statue.

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Getting from Auckland to Hamilton by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Waitomo Caves.

Things to do in Hamilton

Parks Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trip

Raglan
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Ngarunui Beach ©
Ngarunui Beach
Waikato Museum ©
Waikato Museum
Stand-Up Paddleboarding

2
nights
Waitomo Caves

Waitomo Caves ©
Head deep beneath the surface of the earth at Waitomo Caves, a village and cave system that draws both extreme sports enthusiasts and those wanting something a little more relaxed.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Wed): Head underground at Ruakuri Cave, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, then identify plant and animal life at Otorohanga Kiwi House & Native Bird Park, and finally head outdoors with Waitomo Clay Birds. On the 30th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: hike along Ruakuri Walk, see the interesting displays at The Gallagher Meads Brothers Exhibition, take in the dramatic scenery at Marokopa Falls Walk, then take in the views from Mangapohue Natural Bridge Walk, then Head underground at Caveworld, and finally Head underground at Waitomo Glowworm Caves.

To find reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Waitomo Caves itinerary maker site .

Traveling by car from Hamilton to Waitomo Caves takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Fri) so you can go by car to Tongariro National Park.

Things to do in Waitomo Caves

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

The Gallagher Meads Brothers Exhibition, Otorohanga Kiwi House & Native Bird Park
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Waitomo Glowworm Caves ©
Waitomo Glowworm Caves
River Rafting & Tubing

1
day
Tongariro National Park

Tongariro National Park ©
Tongariro National Park has a long history of preserving New Zealand's pristine alpine landscape.
On the 31st (Fri), contemplate the geological forces at Mount Ruapehu, take in the dramatic scenery at Taranaki Falls, and then explore the landscape on two wheels at Ohakune Old Coach Road.

Start your trip to Tongariro National Park by creating a personalized itinerary on Inspirock.

Getting from Waitomo Caves to Tongariro National Park by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and car; or do a combination of train and car. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Fri) so you can go by car to Taupo.

Things to do in Tongariro National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Mount Ruapehu ©
Mount Ruapehu
Ohakune Old Coach Road ©
Ohakune Old Coach Road
Taranaki Falls ©
Taranaki Falls

2
nights
Taupo

Taupo ©
The resort town of Taupo lies on the banks of Lake Taupo, the largest body of water in the whole of Australasia.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Sat): look for all kinds of wild species at Orakei Korako Cave & Thermal Park, admire the natural beauty at Lava Glass, indulge in some personalized pampering at Taupo DeBretts Spa Resort, then stroll through Huka Falls Walkway, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Tukairangi Gallery. Keep things going the next day: appreciate the extensive heritage of Opepe Scenic and Historic Reserve, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Kinloch Beach, then push the limits with an extreme tour, and finally view the masterpieces at L'Arte.

To find more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Taupo travel route planner .

Traveling by car from Tongariro National Park to Taupo takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and shuttle; or do a combination of car and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) early enough to take a bus to Rotorua.

Things to do in Taupo

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

Orakei Korako Cave & Thermal Park
Find places to stay May 31 — Jun 2:
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Kinloch Beach ©
Kinloch Beach
Huka Falls Walkway ©
Huka Falls Walkway
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours

2
nights
Rotorua

Surrounded by lakes and featuring impressive areas of geothermal landscape, the city of Rotorua offers an otherwordly landscape and a welcoming, peaceful environment, with the culture of the native Maori people very much in the foreground.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Real Rotorua. On the 3rd (Mon), get a taste of local nightlife at Real Rotorua, identify plant and animal life at Rainbow Springs Nature Park, contemplate the long history of Whakarewarewa - The Living Maori Village, then witness a stunning natural landmark at Hells Gate, and finally identify plant and animal life at Redwoods Treewalk. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the long history of Buried Village of Te Wairoa, let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, then take in the natural beauty of Waimangu Volcanic Valley, and finally wander the streets of Eat Street.

For more things to do, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Rotorua trip planner .

You can take a bus from Taupo to Rotorua in an hour. Another option is to drive. In June, daytime highs in Rotorua are 18°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) early enough to drive to Tauranga.

Things to do in Rotorua

Wildlife Parks Tours

Side Trips

Waimangu Volcanic Valley, Hells Gate
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River Rafting & Tubing
Real Rotorua ©
Real Rotorua
Rainbow Springs Nature Park ©
Rainbow Springs Nature Park

3
nights
Tauranga

Tauranga ©
The largest city in the Bay of Plenty, Tauranga features extensive sandy beaches, well-maintained hiking paths, and a good range of accommodations.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Wed): hike along Rimu Walk, admire the majestic nature at Mount Otanewainuku, trek along Mount Maunganui Base Track, then enjoy the sand and surf at Mt Maunganui Main Beach, and finally contemplate the long history of The Elms. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate the geological forces at White Island Volcano, trek along Mount Maunganui Summit Track, and then kick back and relax at Pilot Bay.

Before you visit Tauranga, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Getting from Rotorua to Tauranga by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 18°C in June, and nighttime lows around 9°C. You will leave for home on the 7th (Fri).

Things to do in Tauranga

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Rimu Walk, Mount Otanewainuku, White Island Volcano
Find places to stay Jun 4 — 7:
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White Island Volcano ©
White Island Volcano
Mt Maunganui Main Beach ©
Mt Maunganui Main Beach
Pilot Bay ©
Pilot Bay

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